An Evening of Alan Ayckbourn

NOMADS PRODUCTIONS will stage ‘An Evening of Alan Ayckbourn’ as their June 2012 production. The venue will be the Milton Rooms in Malton on the evenings of Thursday, Friday and Saturday the 21st to the 23rd of June.

Each evening will be based on three of Alan Ayckbourn’s one act plays. They are:

Gosforth’s Fete

Publican Gosforth is running the village gala. Due to a big mistake bad personal news from Milly Carter is publicised over the public-address system. Milly’s fiancé Stewart Stokes becomes extremely aggravated and drowns his sorrows with alcohol. Councillor Mrs Pearce, after the most disorganised greeting is electrocuted by the PA system. Gosforth’s Fete starts like all village fetes do. However it develops into chaos and as things continue to go wrong the play climaxes to a complete disaster.

Between Mouthfuls

Two couples at adjoining restaurant tables realise an unwelcome common bond, assisted by an interactive waiter. Mrs Pearce wonders who Mr Pearce is sleeping with. Polly’s not been frank to Martin (who really doesn’t care at all about Polly’s affair). The waiter is extremely well spoken. There’s clever direction of the alternation between the two sets of conversations. A twist to the plot-line spices the ending.

A Cut in the Rates

A one-act play by Alan Ayckbourn which was written specifically to be performed in a television documentary. The play concerns a woman who becomes uncomfortably embroiled in a dispute between an illusionist and the ghost of his dead wife. When Miss Pickhart visits Ratchet, the illusionist, at his home she discovers some dark, sinister secrets from his past. She is asked for help by Rosalinda’s ghost, who died when they performed the saw-the-woman-in-half trick. This means Miss Pickhart reliving that fateful night – will she also meet a grim death?